[NTG-context] Creation of PDF Oddly Differs on Ubuntu and Mac OS X

Raymond LeClair raymond.leclair at synterein.com
Wed Mar 16 22:10:17 CET 2011


All,

I could have phrased my question better ... here is another attempt:

I use ConTeXt to generate a PDF for upload using the command "context filename" on either Mac OS X or Ubuntu. I have installed ConTeXt by installing a TeX Live distribution on each platform. The command completes without error on either platform. The PDFs open in Preview (a Mac OS X application for viewing PDFs) and appear to be correct, regardless of on which platform the PDFs were created. However, the upload of the PDF created on Mac OS X fails, while the upload of the PDF created on Ubuntu works.

So, there is something different about these two PDFs which I cannot determine by opening them in an application for viewing PDFs. But I do not know what is different, or how to find out.

I have posted an archive that illustrates the issue at http://www.synterein.com/lulu_context_issues/lulu_context_issue_01.zip

Any and all ideas would be appreciated.

Ray.

On Mar 16, 2011, at 8:49 AM, Raymond LeClair wrote:

> All,
> 
> I am using ConTeXt to create a PDF for upload to Lulu.com.
> 
> I am getting the following exception using the LuLu Python publication API on Mac OS X 10.6.6 with Python 2.6.6 or 2.7.1:
> ServiceError: Couldn't create Lulu project. '{"error_type": "LFilesystemException", "error_value": "shell command failed: rm -rf \'/opt/stable/stable/htdocs/items/volume_69/10290000/10290657\' 2>&1\\nrm: cannot remove directory `/opt/stable/stable/htdocs/items/volume_69/10290000/10290657/1/cover\': Directory not empty", "HTTPErrorCode": 500}'
> 
> Oddly, the exact same code works fine on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS with Python 2.6.5.
> 
> I have track down the issue to the difference between the _cover_ PDF created on Ubuntu with ConTeXt  ver: 2009.11.26 16:28 MKIV and on Mac OS X with ConTeXt  ver: 2010.05.24 13:05 MKIV, although the cover PDF generated on either platform appears correctly in Preview.
> 
> I have posted an archive that illustrates the issue at http://www.synterein.com/lulu_context_issues/lulu_context_issue_01.zip
> 
> Any wisdom out there? What should I look for next?
> Ray.
> 
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> 
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